I thank HSB for the great work. I have almost completed applying for fall 2012.
The guidance given here is like it is from a next door neighbor or a close relative.
The blog has helped me so much and it would have been so difficult or even impossible for me to apply without HSB as i am not interested in going through an agency.
I also found that many people have been asking questions in the comments which go unanswered but those problems had been dealt with in earlier posts.
So i am writing this so that the readers make the best use of HSB. There are always some new question but there are so many common queries which have been discussed in several articles.
I see there are comments which are so deviating from the current article. This i guess i probably because some students read the latest article and post their query in the comment section.
Sometimes they are answered and sometimes not but still, more information is available in earlier posts too. So do search the older articles.
And i have another request for the readers. When you post an article and HSB gives a suggestion, please do comeback later and give your feedback on the suggestion and how well it worked.
I have even seen students sharing their experiences even about their drawbacks and what not to do with their personal experiences. So anyone getting guidance can also do others a favor by coming back and give a comment later. Happy new year.
Why Comments Matter
Nirmal – Thanks for your post.
If you see, most of my articles will have following line at end of the post
“If you additional questions, post them in the comments section below”
But, unfortunately, very few readers post the comments.
There are a handful of readers who post comments frequently. When those readers (who I can recognize from frequent comments) ask questions (via email) I reply to them. I don’t reply to them with email general template.
If they are taking time to participate in the community, then its fair to spend few minutes of my time to reply.
When you post your comments after login, your name will have hyper link to your profile 9(see image below).
Atleast once in a week, I think about disabling comments section completely.
At times I spend few hours writing a post and one or two readers post a comment.
I’m sure there are several student who read the post should have traveled within USA. They could have added few lines about their experience.
- 20 Questions from Facebook Fans – (9 Comments)
I answered 20 questions from 20 Fans. Those 20 fans couldn’t find time to post a comments. Do you think, I would do another round of Facebook Questions?
Even when I answer question, the person who posted the question doesn’t care to comment (most of the times).
2 Types of Readers
- Active Readers
- Passive Readers
- Registered Member of the HSB Social Community (or non-registered)
- Post Comments for Blog posts, answers questions.
- Shares experiences
- Asks questions, provides feedback (via email)
- Registered Members (few)
- Never posted more than 5 comments
- Writes email “I’m long-term reader, this is my first comment or questions to you”
I have read so many articles on increasing readers participation (and comments) and follow blogs where people post ton of comments for a single blog post.
I realized, blog posts that gets lots of comments has social savvy readers. They know the importance of having a brand and public presence.
Even if they don’t have anything to add to the such post, they will post a comment like “Nice post, this is how I plan to use your idea.”
Readers of HSB, even though they have Facebook Account and spend lot of time browsing internet, they are yet to realize the advantages of being social savvy.
If you plan to study in USA and work in USA, then having strong social presence will help with your job search.
How to Post Comments
Refer to the image below to see the right way to post comments.
Changes to Comments
I have few changes that I can do about comments
- Delete unrelated comments to the post
- Comments allowed only for Registered Members
- Remove comments section completely
- Private Blog for Top Commentators (free)
- Incentives for being active reader
- Mark important posts Members Only (paid)
If you have additional suggestion, share them here.